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European Chain Reaction 2017

Since 2011, Yester have been the Scottish representatives in a Europe-wide science-based project, the European Chain Reaction and this year for the first time, Mr Purves’ class managed to secure the services of a local drone owner, Gary Crowe from Dunbar, to help us in our quest to do as well as possible in the contest.
Around 30 countries are taking part, and the object for the pupils is to create a class chain reaction, which is videoed and uploaded to the project blog.
Next week, all the pupils in all the countries will evaluate all the entries and vote for their overall favourites. The winning country will receive a specially engraved trophy.
P4 proudly present our 2017 entry. Please let us know if you like it by leaving a comment!

Silent Night – celebrating peace at Christmas

This morning, P4 participated in a unique live webcam conference with pupils from Qworzo school in Belgium, and Freie Schule Kassel in Germany.

One hundred and two years ago at Christmas, while WW1 was raging, soldiers in the trenches of France and Belgium were thinking about their families and wished they weren’t fighting. One of them placed a small tree with candles out of their trench, and soon other trees and candles appeared. Eventually and incredibly that Christmas Eve, it wasn’t long before the soldiers from both sides laid down their weapons and joined together to sing songs and even play a game of football! One of the songs they sang was Silent Night.

We wanted to remember this occasion, and so the three countries joined together today to sing songs, including a special version of Silent Night, sung in Dutch, German and English!

Watch the recorded live webcam conference here and perhaps even join in with some of the singing!
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Belgian pupils get ready to sing!
2 Yester pupils sing Silent Night!

Note: If you have any problems getting the link to work, please try this link here, and click where it says “Go to the Replay”. Note, this won’t work on a phone – it needs to be a laptop or a PC.

East Lothian Cross Country Championships – 1st place overall!

Winner of the girls' race!
Winner of the girls’ race!

Boys' winner...
We had the boys’ winner too…

It’s a return to winning ways, after coming 2nd last year, so congratulations to the Yester Cross Country team, who have won today’s Small Schools event!

We were delighted to have had the overall winners in both the small schools boys and girls races! A total of 11 small schools from across East Lothian took part, with Yester’s runners finishing with an excellent combined total of 73 points, well ahead of 2nd place Ormiston, who finished on 111 points.

However, it was a real team effort, so take a bow all 12 runners, who did the school proud by running their hearts out!

Today’s win means that Yester’s runners have won this trophy 8 times out of the last 9 years – a brilliant effort!

Thank you to all the parents who came along and lent their support – much appreciated.

You can find the full results and times of each runner here.

Yester Cross Country Team 2016
Yester’s winning Cross Country team 2016!

Yester 2016 Burns Supper


Primary 3/4 led Yester’s 2016 Burns Supper this week, with a fantastic mix of speeches, poetry renditions, singing and playing of instruments from all the classes.
Sit back, and enjoy the piping in of the most special guest, a wonderful Address to the Haggis, a serious look back at Burns’ life from the children who delivered The Immortal Memory, a super Toast to the (Dinner) Lassies, and the simply brilliant renditions, songs and playing from all the classes, who helped make this a day to remember our National Bard.
(Note: Apologies for the fact that there are a couple of points where the video sticks a little. I’m sure that, despite this, you’ll agree we have very talented children!)

Children’s University Graduation


It was a very special day on Friday 29th May for 10 of our pupils, as we hosted our very first Children’s University Graduation Ceremony. Callum Maguire, from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh presented certificates to those pupils who had completed more than 30 hours of learning, right up to more than 600 hours of learning over the past year!
Note to parents: East Lothian Council policy states that we should not individually identify pupils in video footage, so where the certificates are presented to each child, the sound has been muted to prevent those children being named.

Swimming – Wednesday 29th April

Parents please note that there will be NO swimming for Mr Purves’ class tomorrow, Wednesday 29th April, as the swimming pool in Haddington is closed for maintenance.
The class will receive an extra week of swimming at the end of the block to compensate for this.

Thanks,
Mr Purves

Cross Country- Hallhill, Dunbar

2015 cross country team
Congratulations to our team of runners, who performed admirably this morning at the annual East Lothian Cross Country Championships at Hallhill in Dunbar. With a very large entry of 20 schools overall, and 11 schools in the small schools’ category, our team finished 2nd overall, and in addition, we had the winner (out of 66 boys) in the boys’ race, and 2nd place (out of 66 runners) in the girls’ race.

Having won the trophy for the last 7 years previously to this year, it’s congratulations to Ormiston, who pipped us overall, but watch out- as we fully intend to win the trophy back in 2016!

2015 Burns Supper


Earlier today, P3/4 led this year’s Burns Supper, which saw us follow a traditional format, with the haggis being piped into the hall, followed by the Address to the Haggis. We were then treated to the poetry winners from each class, who came up to the stage to recite their poems once again to the whole school, as well as an Immortal Memory from three of our P7 pupils and a Toast to the (Dinner) Lassies. In addition, we had P4 Highland dancers and P6 and 7 violin players!
Thank you to all the children who performed – they were an absolute credit to the school, to retired Pipe Major Leckie for his piping in of the haggis, and to our violin teacher Miss Turbayne who played with our violinists.
Note: The video is designed to be played in HD quality. If you find it sticks, press the HD button below the video to change it to Standard SD format, which should play better.

Whole School Ceilidh

For weeks, our P.E. teacher Mrs McKendrick has been working with all the children at Yester, preparing them for todays’s big event.
If you’ve ever wondered what a ceilidh for the whole school might look like, enjoy the 5 minute highlights video below!There’s no doubt that the children all enjoyed themselves, and so did the staff too! Thank you to everyone who helped make the event so special, not least those who arrived in tartan of some sort. 

Please note: By default, the video plays in HD format. If you have a slowish internet connection, click the HD button and this will take the video out of HD, and it will load and play better in SD format.